This is a guide to what you can do if you have suffered an injury that was someone else’s fault and you want to seek compensation. Personal injury lawyers covering Rugby could offer support. We have a team of professional legal advisors who can offer you a free consultation. Read through this guide and if you to want to go ahead and make a claim, or if you have anything you want to know more about, call 0800 408 7825.
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- A Guide To Using Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Rugby Cases
- Work Accidents In Rugby
- Car Accidents In Rugby, Warwickshire
- Injuries Caused By Accidents When Riding A Bicycle
- Injuries Caused By Accidents In Public Areas
- Falling And Slipping Accident Claims
- Local Authority And Council Accidents
- Criminal Injury Damages Claims
- How Does The Process Of Making A Damages Claim Work?
- What Resources Could Help Me Choose Between Different Lawyers?
- How Much Compensation Could You Claim For Different Injuries?
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Rugby Cases
- How To Talk To An Advisor
- Additional Claims Guides And Local Resources
This guide will cover the basics of some of the main categories of personal injury claims, who they can be made against, when, how and why. We will also explain some important points about what a personal injury lawyers job is and how the claims process works. We aim to make sure you know the basics of what you need to know before attempting to find a lawyer and start a claim. Remember, this guide is just an introduction, whether you want to get started on making a case right away, or if you want to ask more questions first before doing so, your next step should be to give us a call and get in touch with our team.
There are health and safety regulations which govern the standards to which workplaces can be run. There is also an overarching principle that ultimate responsibility for ensuring that all necessary and reasonably possible measures for reducing the risk of injuries are enacted rests upon the employer. If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work, or if you have been diagnosed with an illness caused by the nature of your work, and you believe that it was caused by your employer breaching their responsibility towards their employees’ safety, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
You may find it useful to read through the Health and Safety Executive website. They are the country’s national authority on workplace health and safety and their website contains all kinds of relevant information about workplace health and safety. They also have information on reporting injuries and reporting an employer who you believe may be violating health and safety laws.
You could be entitled to make a compensation claim if you are injured in a road traffic accident in which another driver was at fault. You could also have grounds to seek compensation if you have been injured in a road accident caused by the condition of the road.
To begin with, accidents caused by other drivers, a driver can be liable if they are found to have been responsible for the accident due to driving recklessly or in violation of road traffic laws. This could mean things like breaking the speed limit, turning without indicating or drink driving. This is because drivers have a duty of care for other road users, and causing a crash through their unsafe driving is considered a violation of their obligation towards the safety of others.
Public roads will usually have a public authority responsible for maintaining them. This will either be the local council authority or Highways England depending on whether or not it is an ordinary road or a motorway. Roads can develop serious flaws as a result of damage or wear and tear and accidents can potentially ensue. Things like potholes, debris on the road, ice and poor lighting can all cause accidents.
If you have suffered an injury in a road traffic accident, then call our team to have a discussion about what personal injury lawyers covering Rugby can do for you.
Injuries In A Bus, Taxi Or Train
When you are riding on public transport or in a station facility the operator of the public transport service has a duty of care. That means that any injury that befalls you while using their services as a result of any faults in the maintenance or operation of their services could be grounds for making a personal injury claim against the public transport operator. Accidents occurring due to unsafe driving or the poor condition of the vehicle could make the operators liable for compensation for your injuries.
To find out more about how compensation claims can be made against public transport operators click this page, or call our advice team.
Injuries In A Car Park
Operators of car parks have a duty of care over those making use of their facilities. That means that they have a legal obligation to make sure that accidents do not occur on their premises as a result of poor operation or maintenance. Injuries or damage to vehicles caused by accidents as a result of potholes, bad lighting, poor signage, broken barriers or other matters of disrepair could justify making a claim against the operator of a car park. Find out more about it here.
You could also be entitled to claim compensation if you are injured in an accident while riding your bike or motorcycle. Other drivers have a duty of care to be observant of cyclists and motorcyclists, who could be missed if drivers do not make sure they are being observant. If you are injured in a collision while cycling or using a motorbike and another driver is at fault, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against them, compensation to be paid out from the drivers insurance. If you are injured as a result of an accident caused by the road conditions you could possibly be eligible to make a claim against the local council. If you are injured as a result of a fault in your bike or safety equipment, then a claim could be made against the manufacturer.
To find out more about how a personal injury lawyer can help you call us, or read our guide.
Public liability is the obligation that the owner or proprietor of a public space or private property has to ensure that their premises are maintained to a safe standard. It is effectively a duty of care, one which means that a property owner or the manager of premises can be liable in the event that someone is injured as a result of their failure to manage their property safely. You can learn more about how public liability law works by reading up on the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. In the meantime, the following sections will discuss some of the specific kinds of accidents that might happen in a public place. If you want to know anything more about making an accident claim for an injury in a public place, please call our team.
Injuries In Playgrounds And Parks
Public parks are used by thousands of people every day for sports and recreation. If they are allowed to fall into a state of disrepair then it is almost inevitable that people will end up getting hurt. The authorities responsible for maintaining public parks and playgrounds have a duty of care over those making use of the facilities. This means that they could be liable if someone get hurt while using the facilities because they had not been maintained and was in a poor state of repair. Some of the ways a person could be injured in a park or a playground could include:
- Damaged or faulty playground equipment, such as swings or slides.
- Tripping hazards on public footpaths caused by potholes or vegetation overgrowth.
- Rubbish and debris causing the risks of injury.
To learn more call our team and read this claims guide.
Injuries At The Shops And In Supermarkets
Public liability accidents could also happen in a shop or supermarket particularly if standards of hygiene and health and safety are not at the appropriate level. Failing to make sure that a shop and its facilities are managed correctly can lead to customers getting hurt in accidents. Poor management of a shop or a retail space can lead to some of the following accident hazards.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Items falling off of shelves
- Accidents involving trolleys, carts and pallets.
You can direct any questions you have about making a claim against a shop to our advice team. You can also find out more details by reading our guide to shopping accidents.
One common, but sometimes overlooked, manner in which people can suffer injuries due to a lack of safety is through slips, trips and falls. The duty of care owed towards members of the publics safety extends to making sure that a property does not have avoidable slipping or tripping hazards. Companies or other organisations could be liable in the event that someone gets hurt as a result of:
- Slipping on a wet floor when no warning signs are used.
- Tripping on loose wires
- Tripping on flooring (i.e. carpets or floorboards) that are in a state of disrepair.
These are just a few examples. Falls can cause serious injuries worthy of seeking compensation for. From spraining an ankle to falling from a severe height and suffering broken bones, if you have recently suffered an injury from falling over in a public place and you feel that more could and should have been done to make that place safer, you should consider getting in touch with us to talk to our team of advisors about making a compensation claim.
Some accident claims can be made against businesses or against individuals when they have caused others to suffer injuries as a result of failing to meet their responsibilities. If you had an accident on council property or while using facilities which the local authority was responsible for then you could have grounds to make a compensation claim against the local council if there is evidence that the local council has not met its obligations to make sure that its properties and the services it is responsible for are maintained to a safe standard.
Properties for which the local authority can be responsible for can include the local authorities council chambers and offices, but councils can also operate:
- Gyms and sports centres
- Drop in centres
- Parks and public playing areas.
If you have been on a council owned or operated property and have suffered an injury because of an accident and you want to know more about what you can do, you can visit our guide. You can also call us on the phone number we have already provided to reach our team of legal advisors for advice.
Being the victim of a crime can also be grounds for seeking compensation. The Criminal injury Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government funded agency managed by the Ministry of Justice responsible for handling compensation claims for harm caused by crimes.
There are a number of different circumstances in which you could be eligible to make a CICA claim. These may include:
- Suffering an injury in a violent crime directed at you, i.e. being assaulted
- Being the victim of sexual assault
- Suffering from psychological trauma as a result of being a witness to a violent crime.
- Suffering an injury in the course of a crime being committed, i.e being injured by a suspect fleeing the scene of the crime.
- Suffering an injury while attempting to intervene in a crime.
- Being the victim of childhood sexual abuse
You can find out more about how CICA operates by visiting their website on this link. You can also ask questions about how this type of claim works to our team of legal advisors.
Rates Of Crimes Against The Person In Rugby
The table below shows the recorded levels of victim-based crime in Rugby for 2018/19. These numbers come from official statistics, which you can read through in more detail here.
|Top Reported Crimes
|Violence against the person
When making a damages claim it is the solicitor’s jobs to take on most of the work and responsibility if you choose to use one. Your solicitor can take on the tasks of identifying and collecting the evidence you need, calculating compensation and making the case. Some other considerations about making a claim are explained in the sub-headings below.
Are There Areas In Rugby Where People May Locate Lawyers?
There are several solicitors offices based in the town centre of Rugby. If you are looking for one in Rugby, you can find a number of offices along Regent Street and Albert Street.
Does My Case Require A Lawyer Located In This Area?
Making a compensation case in Rugby does not actually require you to work with a personal injury lawyer who is based in Rugby. Personal injury lawyers can actually handle cases from almost anywhere in the country. They do this by holding discussions with their claimants through video calls, phone calls and emails. Our panel of injury compensation solicitors can handle claims in this way. If you have any more questions about how this works, please feel free to ask.
Are Medical Assessments Of My Injuries Necessary For My Claim?
Yes, if you are seeking to make a compensation claim for an injury there may need to be a medical examination. This is first to provide evidence confirming that the injury exists and secondly to make clear how severe the injury is in order for you and your lawyer to calculate how much compensation you are entitled to receive. This will be necessary even if you have already received medical treatment for the injury beforehand. If you have any further questions about how this works please feel free to get in touch and ask.
One of the best resources at your disposal for finding the right lawyer for your case, and the easiest and most simple to find, is online reviews. You should look out for pages where the previous clients have left their reviews of solicitors. These will hopefully give you a good picture of which lawyers are the most specialised in dealing with cases like yours, which ones have the most success in dealing with cases like yours and which ones are seen to have been the easiest for their clients to work with.
The amount of compensation you could claim for an injury depends on the severity of the injury. The more serious the injury, the more compensation you should be entitled to receive. Compensation is based on a number of factors including, the degree of physical pain, distress, trauma, disfigurement and the extent to which the injury will affect your life in the future. In addition, special damages can be awarded for any financial losses you may have incurred from the injury, including the loss of ability to work caused by disability.
You can reference the table below for some examples of the amounts of compensation that can be awarded for certain types of injuries. These figures are rough estimates based on official figures, they do not include monies owed for special damages and shouldn’t be taken as definitive.
|Loss of a kidney
|Serious hand injuries
|Serious foot injury
|Very severe facial scarring
One way of reducing the potential financial burden of making a claim is a No Win No Fee agreement. In a No Win No Fee deal you would be expected to share a part of your compensation fee with your solicitor. But in return you would not be expected to pay legal fees upfront, nor would you be expected to owe legal fees to your solicitor if the claim was unsuccessful. If you have anything else you want to know about making these claims, please feel free to ask our advisors.
You can reach one of our advisors by either calling 0800 408 7825. or by sending a message to our live support chat at the bottom of this page.
Doctors Who Can Cover The Rugby Area
|Regus Building Coventry
3 The Quadrant, Warwick Road, Coventry, CV1 2DY
Coventry Combined Court Centre
|Coventry Magistrates’ Court
|60 Little Park St, Coventry CV1 2SQ
Rugby Borough Council
|Rugby Borough Council
|Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby CV21 2RR
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